Presentation on theme: " Nobility - Rich and powerful. The Queen could appoint new nobles, but this rarely happened. Most were born with this right. Even if a noble lost their."— Presentation transcript:
Nobility - Rich and powerful. The Queen could appoint new nobles, but this rarely happened. Most were born with this right. Even if a noble lost their fortune, they were still powerful unless they committed a severe crime. Gentry – Knights, squires, gentlemen, and gentlewoman. These people had enough money to be of the high class but they didn’t have the power to be a noble. Yeomen – This was the middle class. They had to work for their money but could afford the things they needed for a simple life. They saved money to spend on more land so they could make a larger profit. Poor – These people rarely had food, shelter, or money. If they were found to be able to do an honest day’s work but were too lazy, they were sentenced to death. The reason for this was that there were too many poor people in the cities.
These laws were to reduce the amount of money spent on clothing. The Queen thought this money should go toward more important things. This was also to have an appropriate distinction between the social classes. They feared if people wore what they wanted it would lead to chaos in the city. The laws allowed the high class to continue to wear anything made of gold, velvet, fur or leopards, and satin. The laws prevented the lower class from wearing borders, aglets, and buttons.
Nobles wore gold, silver, crimson or scarlet, deep indigo blue, violet colors and deep black and pure white. The lower class wore whites, browns, dark greens, and blacks. They typically didn’t wear any bright colors.
Influenced by Geometric shapes Used padding and quilting to achieve these shapes. Used whalebone or buckram Made from the finest materials Had separate sleeves to attach.
Made from gold silver, copper, and other metals. Cheaper alternatives were glass, bones, horns, and wood. Looked like modern day jewelry.
Women had to wear a hat veil, coif, or caul. Much of hair was hidden. Many had feathers, pearls, or glass jewels.
Used to hide ageing and wrinkles. “Pure Beauty” – Light hair, white complexion, red cheeks and lips. Pale complexion was so desirable that women would be bled to achieve it.